Codependency Conspiracy: How to Break the Recovery Habit and Take Charge Ofyour Life

Stan J. Katz, Author, Aimee Liu, With Grand Central Publishing $25 (233p) ISBN 978-0-446-51595-5
Most self-help programs do more harm than good by promoting dependency, charge Berverly Hills psychologist Katz and coauthor Liu ( The Success Trap ). Bound to elicit protests from the self-help movement, their severe indictment is based on cases cited here ranging from obsessions to drug addiction. Katz and Liu differentiate between two types of remedial programs: organizations that treat all unwanted behavior as a ``disease'' affecting the ``hurt child within'' and that require lifelong adherence to principles relating to a Higher Power; and mutual-support groups limited to helping members cope with specific, short-term problems. The authors' eight-point program, intended to foster reliance on one's own healing powers, stresses dealing with one goal at a time and acknowledging past influences while developing present strengths and resources. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
Paperback - 260 pages - 978-0-446-39377-5
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